Ellen Neff
Ellen Neff
Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education 

Office: Hepworth 122
Phone: 208-732-6870
Email: eneff@csi.edu
Ellen Neff

Education Information

M. Ed. Early Childhood Studies

Teaching Philosophy



 Children are conceived through a relationship, develop in a relationship, and are born into a relationship.  Children develop secure attachments with parents/teachers as their physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs are promptly met.  This secure social relationship will provide for the developing child: rich sensory environments, structured routines, behavioral limits, and problem solving experiences based on a child’s individual development and emerging interests.  Parent/teachers reflect on their own temperaments and childhood experiences along with observations of their child’s temperament and development.  Parents/ teachers must provide relationship interactions and environments that produce a satisfying childhood.  I am committed to providing opportunities for student teachers to build relationships with children, families, and teaching teams in an active learning environment.  Students will set high expectations for their own learning by observing children, providing child centered curriculum, reflection on their own teaching experiences and observations of the individual physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of the young children in their care.




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